2015’s First Batch of Efficiency Rules

The Department of Energy (DOE) had a big year imposing efficiency regulations in 2014. It looks like the trend will continue in 2015. DOE recently released the final versions of two energy efficiency proposals that it proposed in 2014. The affected items include commercial icemakers and certain kinds of lamps used in commercial and industrial settings. The unofficial, pre-publication versions of these rules are a combined 776 pages.

Proposed Dishwasher Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a proposed rule updating the energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers. The proposal establishes divergent standards for “standard” and “compact” machines. Interestingly, this rulemaking comes only two years since a 2012 direct final rule regulating dishwashers. The unofficial, pre-publication version of the current proposal is 178 pages.

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